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Rogess: chess with roguelike combat

Roguelike games (previously) are "a subgenre of role-playing video game characterized by a dungeon crawl through procedurally generated levels, turn-based gameplay, tile-based graphics, and permanent death of the player character" (Wikipedia). Jonathan Lessard and Pippin Barr's Rogess is a mashup of roguelike combat and chess, for two players ("mediocre AI available" -Pippin Barr), built from HTML5 elements and playable on mobile devices. Barr calls it "Surprisingly fun and different to re...
Tags: Post, Happy Mutants, Games, Floss, News, Wikipedia, Github, Barr, Roguelike, Pippin Barr, Jonathan Lessard


People with diabetes are scouring the internet for a discontinued insulin pump that can reprogrammed as an "artificial pancreas"

Since 2014, open source hackers have been perfecting the OpenAPS, an "open artificial pancreas" made by modifying the firmware of discontinued Medtronic insulin pumps, which were discontinued due to the very security flaw that makes them user modifiable (that flaw also leaves them vulnerable to malicious modifications). Once modified, these devices automate the process of monitoring the user's blood sugar, calculating an insulin dose, and administering it, a task that has to be performed wi...
Tags: Health, Post, Floss, Usa, News, Diabetes, Atlantic, Boss, Insulin, Oshw, Lewis, Medtronic, Medtronics, Sarah Zhang, Loopers, Dana Lewis


People with diabetes are scouring the internet for a discontinued insulin pump that can be reprogrammed as an "artificial pancreas"

Since 2014, open source hackers have been perfecting the OpenAPS, an "open artificial pancreas" made by modifying the firmware of discontinued Medtronic insulin pumps, which were discontinued due to the very security flaw that makes them user modifiable (that flaw also leaves them vulnerable to malicious modifications). Once modified, these devices automate the process of monitoring the user's blood sugar, calculating an insulin dose, and administering it, a task that has to be performed wi...
Tags: Health, Post, Floss, Usa, News, Diabetes, Atlantic, Boss, Insulin, Oshw, Lewis, Medtronic, Medtronics, Sarah Zhang, Loopers, Dana Lewis


Platform cooperativism (or, how to turn gig-economy jobs into $22.25/hour jobs)

Frequent Boing Boing contributor Clive Thompson (previously) has a great short piece in this month's Wired about platform cooperativism: replacing parasitical Silicon Valley companies that sit between workers and their customers with worker-owned co-ops that take the smallest commission possible in order to maintain the apps that customers and workers use to find each other. Thompson tells the story of Up & Go, a worker-owned co-op for house cleaners where the average worker earns $22.25/ho...
Tags: Post, Floss, News, Silicon Valley, Thompson, Clive Thompson, New School, Platform Cooperativism, Disintermediation, Up & Go, Trebor Scholz


Ecuadorean authorities have unjustly arrested free software developer Ola Bini as part of their Assange dragnet

Ola Bini is a Swedish free/open source software developer who lives in Quito, Ecudaor; as he prepared to depart for a long-planned (and previously publicly announced) vacation in Japan, he was seized by Ecuadorean police, who claimed he was fleeing the country after the arrest of Julian Assange; authorities had a warrant for a "Russian hacker" (Bini is neither Russian, nor a hacker) and they have held him without reading him his rights, offering him a translator, or allowing him to contact his ...
Tags: Post, Floss, Japan, Human Rights, News, Sweden, Law, Julian Assange, Ecuador, Ola, Quito, Danny O Brien, Unlawful Detention, Bini, Ola Bini, OTR Bini


Public Sans: a free/open font from the United States Web Design System

Public Sans is a free, open font (available in weights from 100-900) from the federal United States Web Design System with a Github project that you can contribute to: it's billed as "A strong, neutral typeface for text or display." (via Four Short Links)
Tags: Post, Happy Mutants, Copyfight, Floss, Design, News, Typography, United States, Fonts, Uswds


A rapidly proliferating software license bars use by companies with poor labor practices

Katt Gu and Suji Yan's Anti 996 License allows developers to prohibit the use of their code by companies that do not adhere to basic labor practices (996 is a Chinese software industry term for shops where coders work 9AM-9PM, 6 days/week). Under the license terms, the software can only be used by companies that adhere to the most restrictive of International Labour Organization standards and the labor laws in every country where the company has offices (ILO guidelines safeguard the right t...
Tags: Post, Floss, News, Labor, China, US, Alibaba, Github, Solidarity, ILO, Licensing, International Labour Organization, Meeker, OSI, OSD, 996


"Open source" companies are playing games with licensing to sneak in proprietary code, freeze out competitors, fight enclosure

Writing new software licenses is a seemingly irresistible vice in the free and open source world, and the decades since the first GPL have been filled with bitter disputes and splits over licensing, with new licenses proliferating for motives both noble and base. Benjamin "Mako" Hill's seminal Libreplanet keynote described how "open source" had mutated to eliminate software freedom, allowing large companies (especially those with cloud-based products) to hoard all the benefits of openness w...
Tags: Post, Business, Floss, News, Law, Enclosure, GPL, Eric Anderson, Benjamin Mako Hill, Shay Banon, Three Tier Licensing, Eric Anderson Scale VP


After years of insisting that DRM in HTML wouldn't block open source implementations, Google says it won't support open source implementations

The bitter, yearslong debate at the World Wide Web Consortium over a proposal to standardize DRM for web browsers included frequent assurances by the pro-DRM side (notably Google, whose Widevine DRM was in line to be the principal beneficiary) that this wouldn't affect the ability of free/open source authors to implement the standard. The absurd figleaf used to justify this was a reference implementation of EME in open source that only worked on video that didn't have the DRM turned on. The...
Tags: Google, Videos, Post, Copyfight, Floss, News, W3c, Bbc, Netflix, Drm, Hulu, Apollo, 1201, Maddock, World Wide Web Consortium, EME


A glowing, 3D printed rose that "blooms" when you touch its petals

Daren Schwenke's 3D printed blooming rose embeds a capacitive touch sensor -- a magnetic wire -- in one of the leaves, which trips an Arduino-controlled actuator that changes the rose's lighting and causes the petals -- 3D printed and then shaped over a hot chandelier bulb -- to splay open or fold closed. The build log reveals a lively open-source hardware/free software collaboration that is a miniature, perfect case-study. What finally materialized is a terrific combination of common ha...
Tags: Happy Mutants, Video, Floss, News, Romance, Makers, 3d Printing, Arduino, Oshw, Daren, Networked Collaboration, Daren Schwenke, Ted Yapo Hackaday


Electronic Health Records: a murderous, publicly subsidized, $13B/year grift by way of shitty software

In 2009, the bipartisan HITECH Act pledged $36 billion to subsidize the adoption of Electronic Health Records throughout America's fragmented, profit-driven health system, promising that the system would modernize American health care, save $80 billion (and countless lives), and deliver a host of other benefits; a decade later, the EHR industry has blossomed from $2B to $13B, and adoption is up from 9% to 96%, and it's a catastrophe. Part of the problem lies in the structure of the HITECH ...
Tags: Post, Floss, News, America, Pennsylvania, Fda, Electronic Health Records, Flint, EHR, Noncompete, Nondisparagement, Physician Burnout, HITECH Act, Grifter Capitalism, Lock In, John Henry Pfifferling


Alias: a smart-speaker "parasite" that blocks your speaker's sensors until you activate it

Alias is an open source hardware/free-open firmware "parasite" that fits over your smart speaker's sensors and fills them with white noise; the Alias has its own (non-networked, user-controlled) mic and speaker and when you speak a magic phrase, the Alias temporarily stops the white noise and transmits your commands to the speaker; Alias also lets you specify strings of commands and other useful utilities that restore control over your smart-speaker to you. This is the first time I've ever ...
Tags: Post, Video, Floss, News, Iot, Oshw, Alias, Internet Of Shit, Bjørn Karmann Tore Knudsen, Benign Man-in-the-middle


Tim Maughan's Infinite Detail: a debut sf novel about counterculture, resistance, and the post-internet apocalypse

Tim Maughan has long been one of the most promising up-and-coming, avante garde UK science fiction writers, whose post-cyberpunk short fiction mixed radical politics with a love of graffiti and a postmodern filmmaker's eye: now, with his debut novel Infinite Detail, Maughan shows that he has what it takes to work at longer lengths, and can sustain a first-rate adventure story that grabs and never lets go, without sacrificing the political and technological insights that give his work depth that...
Tags: Reviews, Post, Books, Happy Mutants, Science Fiction, Gift Guide, Floss, UK, News, Wales, Cyberpunk, Vr, Ar, Bristol, Smart Cities, Ukpoli


Common Voice: Mozilla releases the largest dataset of voice samples for free, for all

42,000 Mozilla supporters contributed to Common Voice, a free-open dataset of 1,361 hours of voice recordings in 18 languages, which is now free for anyone to use as a set of "high quality, transcribed voice data... available to startups, researchers, and anyone interested in voice-enabled technologies" -- in a field plagued with sampling bias problems, this is a dataset that aims to be diverse, representative and inclusive, and it's growing by the day (you can contribute your voice too!) -- th...
Tags: Post, Crowdsourcing, Floss, News, Mozilla, Machine Learning, Ai, Open Access, Open Data, ML, Voice Commons


Magic Lantern: feature-rich addons for Canon EOS cameras

Magic Lantern is a suite of feature-rich add-ons for your Canon EOS camera that you load via a SD card; in addition to a suite of video-recording tools, Magic Lantern allows fine-grained gain adjustments, selection of input sources, wind filters, audio monitoring, and better tools for everything from white-balance to exposure presets to overlays to help with exposure and other settings. The source is available for inspection and modification, of course. (via Four Short Links)
Tags: Gadgets, Post, Happy Mutants, Photography, Floss, News, Canon, Canon EOS, Magic Lantern


Magic Lantern: a feature-rich replacement operating system for Canon EOS cameras

Magic Lantern is a replacement OS for your Canon EOS camera that you load via a SD card; in addition to a suite of video-recording tools, Magic Lantern allows fine-grained gain adjustments, selection of input sources, wind filters, audio monitoring, and better tools for everything from white-balance to exposure presets to overlays to help with exposure and other settings. The source is available for inspection and modification, of course. (via Four Short Links)
Tags: Gadgets, Post, Happy Mutants, Photography, Floss, News, Canon, Canon EOS, Magic Lantern


Freedom EV: free/open replacement firmware for your electric vehicle -- including a Tesla

Freedom EV is a free/open software stack intended to replace the software in your electric vehicle, it's been tested on a Tesla Model X and should work on a Model S, if you can get root. Electric vehicles are very exciting but the same informatics and versatility that make them exciting also invite manufacturers to add all kinds of antifeatures (like batteries with plenty of charge remaining that refuse to power a vehicle because you've only paid for so much electricity; to say nothing of t...
Tags: Videos, Video, Floss, News, Youtube, Tesla, Intel, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Linux, Electric, Github, ARM, MCU, Freedomev, Got Root


The next Firefox will block all autoplayed audio, video

There are plugins and obscure settings that will get this behavior, but, as the saying goes, "defaults matter": Firefox 66 will not play any audio or video until "a web page has had user interaction to initiate the audio." (via Four Short Links)
Tags: Firefox, Post, Floss, News, Web Theory, Mozilla, Damn You Autoplay


Artists’ Lawsuits Against Fortnite Creators May Rely on Rights of Publicity

No one does the Carlton quite like Carlton Banks.  (Queue Tom Jones’s It’s Not Unusual.)  Since actor Alfonso Ribeiro first performed the unique dance on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, it has been readily associated with him.  When the dance move recently appeared as a purchasable avatar dance in the popular video game, Fortnite, players quickly recognized Carlton’s signature move.   Fortnite is a battle royale-style combat game in which players, through their avatars, fight to the finish.  In-...
Tags: Floss, Sixth Circuit, California, Samsung, Copyright Infringement, Infringement, Bette Midler, First Amendment, Ford Motor, White, Carlton, Epic Games, Branding, Copyrights, Alfonso Ribeiro, Copyright Office


Hide and seek: A catalog of useful steganography tools

Steganography is the art of hiding things in plain sight: for example, secretly encoding a message in an image by flipping the least-significant bit in each pixel to create a binary string that can be decoded as text. 0xRick Owned Root's /.Steganography is an open, git-hosted catalog of useful resources aimed at Capture the Flag players who are trying to puzzle out steganographic clues. Stegsolve: Sometimes there is a message or a text hidden in the image itself and in order to view it y...
Tags: Post, Floss, News, Cryptography, Github, Hustvedt, Steganography, The Purloined Letter


To do in Boston Mar 23/24: The Free Software Foundation's Libreplanet conference

The Free Software Foundation has announced the keynotes for its 2019 Libreplanet conference: Debian pioneer Bdale Garbee; Micky Metts from the MayFirst People Link Leadership Committee, Solidarity Economy Network and Agaric; Shuttleworth fellow Tarek Loubani who develops open source hardware, 3D printed medical equipment used in Gazan hospitals; and FSF founder Richard Stallman. This is a pretty fantastic lineup! I'm especially excited to see Loubani on the bill; I was the Shuttleworth Fell...
Tags: Post, Floss, News, Boston, Events, 3d Printing, FSF, Richard Stallman, Shuttleworth, Free Software Foundation, Gazan, Tarek Loubani, Loubani, Solidarity Economy Network, Bdale Garbee, Micky Metts


A deep dive into the technical feasibility of Bloomberg's controversial "Chinese backdoored servers" story

Last October, Bloomberg published what seemed to be the tech story of the year: a claim that Supermicro, the leading supplier of servers to clients from the Pentagon and Congress to Amazon, Apple and NASA, had been targeted by Chinese spies who'd inserted devastating, virtually undetectable hardware backdoors into their motherboards by subverting a small subcontractor in China. But the story didn't quite add up. After it was published, the tech giants implicated in it released detailed, une...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Post, Floss, News, Congress, Snowden, Spooks, China, Bloomberg, Nasa, Infosec, Badusb, Pentagon, Bmc


Thunderbird team vows faster, easier-to-use, more stable versions in the year to come

In 2015, Mozilla announced that it would turn Thunderbird -- one of the last freestanding, cross-platform email clients -- into a freestanding, independent project, and in 2017, Thunderbird became a community-overseen project with institutional backing from Moz. It was an odd move at the time: the Snowden revelations and the news that Yahoo had provided the NSA with free access to user emails, along with the sputtering out of promising alternatives like Mailpile meant that there was huge, u...
Tags: Post, Floss, News, Email, Yahoo, Snowden, Nsa, Web Theory, Ui, Charitable Giving, Mozilla, Ux, Gpg, Mailpile, Enigmail, IndieWeb


The audiophile MQA format really doesn't have DRM, but that doesn't mean it's not on the toxic rainbow of locked tech

After watching a CCC presentation that claimed that the MQA audiophile format has "stealth DRM," I decided to investigate, and I'm pretty sure MQA is not DRM. But MQA is proprietary in several important ways that audiophiles should consider before they invest in the tech. Its overlapping patents, combined with extreme secrecy about the terms on which the format is licensed, mean that you have to trust in the long-term good decisions of the manufacturer in order to ensure that you'll always ...
Tags: Post, Business, Floss, News, Trade Secrets, Patents, Eff, Drm, Cory Doctorow, Audiophiles, MQA


Mozilla pulls a popular paywall circumvention tool from Firefox add-ons store

Bypass Paywalls is a popular extension for Firefox and Chrome that does what the name implies: allows your browser to manipulate its cookies so that websites with "soft paywalls" that allow a small number of free articles can't accurately determine if you've already exceeded your limit. Bypass Paywalls is a free software project maintained by Iamadamdev and hosted on Github. On November 17, Iamadamdev updated the project's Readme file to announce that Mozilla had removed the extension fro...
Tags: Firefox, Post, Floss, News, Web Theory, Mozilla, Github, Paywalls, Code Signing, Bypass Paywalls, Iamadamdev, Ons Store, Mozilla Add Ons Store


A science-fiction-inspired desktop UI for your Lin/Win/Mac system

Squared (AKA Gaby) is a French hacker who created edex-ui, a science-fiction inspired desktop "heavily inspired from DEX-UI and the TRON Legacy movie effects," which gives you a terminal and live telemetry from your system; it looks like it would be especially fun on a tablet (though if you really wanna go sci fi, build a homebrew cyberspace deck). eDEX-UI is a fullscreen desktop application resembling a sci-fi computer interface, heavily inspired from DEX-UI and the TRON Legacy movie ef...
Tags: Post, Happy Mutants, Science Fiction, Floss, News, Fanac, Ui, Ux, Github, Gaby, Dex, Oh No Ono-sendai


Ted Danson learning to floss

On the set of The Good Place, Ted Danson (or is that "Ted Dancing"?) got a lesson from his co-stars on how to floss. Not "floss" as in dental care, but as in the dance craze that's sweeping the nation. Ted Danson learning to floss is the only video I’m interested in watching for the rest of the year. pic.twitter.com/SKTMKZKvM3 — Justin Kirkland (@justinkirkland4) November 16, 2018
Tags: Post, Floss, News, Dancing, Ted Danson, Justin Kirkland, The Good Place, Ted Dancing


For $20, you can make a DIY Stingray in minutes, using parts from Amazon

Stingrays were once the most secretive of surveillance technology: devices whose existence was so sensitive that the feds actually raided local cops and stole their crime files to stop them from being introduced in court and revealing the capability to spy on cellular phones. The cat inevitably escaped the bag, and subsequent disclosures revealed just how widespread the surveillance of cellphones had become. One upshot of the law enforcement reliance on cellular mass surveillance is that ...
Tags: Amazon, Mobile, Post, Floss, News, Infosec, Github, Ubuntu, Stingrays, IMSI, GNU Radio, Software-Defined Radio, Joseph Cox Motherboard, Ismi Catcher, Oshm


Illumipaper: paper that can selectively illuminate to provide interactivity

Illumipaper is a well-developed prototype from Interactive Media Lab Dresden; the researchers behind it used a variety of techniques to create regular-seeming paper with all the traditional characteristics (it can be crumpled, folded, written on with pen and ink, etc); but a wireless controller allows it to be selectively illuminated to provide interactivity (e.g. to provide tips on homework problems). It's a fascinating project that really feels futuristic -- like something that is yet to ...
Tags: Videos, Happy Mutants, Video, Floss, News, Education, Youtube, Scholarship, Oshw, Ed-tech, Hci, Digital Pen-and-paper, Illumipaper, Interactive Media Lab Dresden, Konstantin Klamka, Ing Raimund Dachselt Interactive Media Lab Dresden


Apple's new bootloader won't let you install GNU/Linux -- Updated

Locking bootloaders with trusted computing is an important step towards protecting users from some of the most devastating malware attacks: by allowing the user to verify their computing environment, trusted computing can prevent compromises to operating systems and other low-level parts of their computer's operating environment. But as with every security measure, there's a difference between "secure for the user" and "secure against the user." Bootloader protection that doesn't allow an o...
Tags: Apple, Google, Post, Business, Copyfight, Floss, News, Microsoft, Dmca, Drm, Apollo, 1201, War On General Purpose Computing, T2, Owner Override, Trusted Computing